Worth the drive: Orlando's Fringe Festival

The festival prides itself on being un-juried and uncensored.

click to enlarge DON'T FEAR THIS REAPER! Wonderheads' Grim and Fischer may be a couple of the characters you see at Fringe in Orlando. - DesignEgg
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DON'T FEAR THIS REAPER! Wonderheads' Grim and Fischer may be a couple of the characters you see at Fringe in Orlando.


If you liked GASP!, CL’s one-night-only performing-arts smorgasbord, you’ll want to gorge yourself on the Orlando Fringe, a 14-day, something-for-everyone feast.

In operation for 24 years, the festival prides itself on being un-juried and uncensored. As a result, the programming is wildly electic, ranging from parodies (Jaws: The Movie: The Musical) to virtuosic solo turns (Clay Patchett’s 6 Guitars), from Shakespeare to ShakesBeer, from kids’ shows to adults-only raunch-a-thons.

Plus, expect mesmerizing puppetry (Oregon’s Wonderheads troupe, pictured), queer-friendly content, issue-oriented theater, the drag-tastic showbiz wackiness of Orlando favorites Wanzie and company, and more.

There are more than 120 shows in all, most of them 60 minutes long and performed mostly at venues in verdant Loch Haven Park. You can and should plan ahead, but half the fun is asking your neighbors in line to tell you what they’ve seen and what they recommend.

There’s a nice variety of food and drink tents in the park, too, where performers and audience members get a chance to nosh and mingle.

Through May 25, Loch Haven Park and Ivanhoe Village, Orlando. Admission: 1-time-only purchase of a Fringe button for $9; tickets for individual shows $9-$11, with service charge. 407-648-0077, orlandofringe.org

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